After completing my first interview with an Indianapolis Colts player when I interviewed Roy Hall last May, I reached out to contact other players to bring more exclusive content to the Colts Community here on Bleacher Report and beyond.
I was fortunate enough to get in contact with Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who was kind enough to do an interview with me.
What I gathered after speaking with Pierre is, first and foremost, that he was a very approachable guy with a fantastic attitude.
You see that kind of character on television, but after having spoken with both Roy Hall and Pierre Garcon personally, it quickly become apparent that the quality of great character within the Colts' locker room extends far beyond Peyton Manning.
The Colts players whom I have spoken to seem to reflect that very positive image, which makes the process of interviewing players like that all the more enjoyable.
The following is my first exclusive interview with Pierre Garcon. I hope everyone enjoys.
Note to the editor: Please do not edit any of the content within the interview. Since the responses are transcibed dialog of what both Pierre Garcon and I have said, it is important that none of the dialog is taken out of context. Thank you.
In the Colts Community, you’ve actually gathered a bit of a reputation for being one of the most approachable guys and one of the most willing to remain active with the fans. What is it that motivates you to give back to the fans so much and be willing to reach out to them, much like you’re doing in this interview?
I enjoy the fans and the support. I was a fan at one point, and I know how they see us, how we inspire them, and how they inspire us. I know both sides of the fence. I enjoy doing it. They support me and I support them. They motivate me .
How does it feel to be a player in the National Football League?
It feels good, it feels great, it’s a dream come true. I always wanted to do it, and it’s a great feeling. It feels very good.
As a receiver, can you tell us what it has been like to work with Peyton Manning and how you feel about him as a teammate?
Peyton is a great teammate.
One of the greatest teammates you could have. He’s very professional. He’s what an NFL player wants to be. It’s an honor to have him as our teammate. As a receiver, you always want a great quarterback. Without a great quarterback or even a good quarterback, you can’t do much. It’s really a great honor to have him on the team.
Getting to have Reggie Wayne and Marvin for one year and Gonzo, I’ve learned a lot from those guys and they helped me a lot.
Speaking of those guys, having been able to work with guys like Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, what have you been able to pick up learning from those guys, and what kind of impact do you feel they have had on your career thus far?
They’ve helped me out a lot, by watching them and getting to talk to them. They’ve helped me out a lot.
They have really shown me how to become a better receiver, and they have shown me the ins and outs of how to watch tape and how to become a better player.
Dallas Clark has helped me out a lot, also. He’s a very nice guy and very willing to teach. All of them are like that. All of them are pros who have been doing it for a while, and they know what it takes.
We’ve already seen you work in the special teams game. Do you have a preference between being a return specialist and being a wide receiver?
It doesn’t matter. Wherever the team needs me, I’ll be there, even if they need me to hold the field goals.
Playing a receiver means you get more options, and being a return guy is pretty good, so I don’t have a favorite. You just want to be out there as much as you can.
If there was one thing you wanted people to know about Pierre Garcon the football player, what would it be?
One thing I want them to know about me?
I’m a hard worker who will do what I can to help the team win.
What are your goals and expectations for this season?
For this season?
To make it to the playoffs, hopefully have home-field advantage and win a Super Bowl. I think that would be perfect.
Definitely and with as good as the team is looking so far, I wouldn’t say that’s too much of a long shot.
No, not at all.
If you could deliver one final message to the Colts fans, anything you want to say about yourself, the season, the team, what would it be?
It’s going to be a great season coming up.
Thank you very much Pierre. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this interview.
No problem man, no problem at all.
And I wish you the absolute best this season.
Alright, thanks man, I appreciate it.
Good luck Pierre, thanks again.
And so brought a close to my interview with Pierre Garcon.
It was a very enjoyable experience for me as a writer as well as a fan, and I would like to personally thank Pierre for having taken some of his own personal time to make sure the interview happened.
As always, it was a pleasure to work with anyone within the Indianapolis Colts' organization, and if what their players have been telling me so far is any indication of the season that is to come, I expect that Colts fans will have a lot to be excited about this year.